A Statistical Biography of George Udny Yule : A Loafer of the World

A Statistical Biography of George Udny Yule : A Loafer of the World Author Terence C. Mills
Isbn 9781443850674
File size 6.31MB
Year 2017
Pages 530
Language English
File format PDF
Category Mathematics

Book Description:

Udny Yules seminal influence on time series analysis has long been recognized but much less recognized is that Yule was not only a wonderful expositor but that he had also published equally important research in an extraordinarily wide range of fields, from developing the theory of correlation and regression to providing mathematical models of evolutionary behavior, and from analyzing data on pauperism to using statistical methods to resolve cases of disputed authorship of medieval manuscripts. Yet little has been written about Yule and his work, apart from a few scattered articles, since his death in 1951 and the two obituaries that appeared in the following year. This book is an opportune moment to redress the balance and to embark on the first major study of Yules statistical research and subsequent legacy. Part of the texts title is taken from Yules 1920 article in the Cambridge Review, The wind bloweth where it listeth, where Yule coined the phrase loafers of the world to describe free spirits of academe, who have become an increasingly rare breed in modern university life. Udny Yule was Lecturer, then Reader, in Statistics at Cambridge University, England, from 1912 to 1930. He was a member, then Fellow, of St Johns College, at Cambridge Universty, from 1913 until his death in 1951. He was a member of the Royal Statistical Society from 1895 until his death, was awarded the Societys Guy Medal in Gold in 1911, and was President from 1924 to 1926. Yule was awarded a C.B.E. in 1919 for his work during the First World War in the War Office and the Ministry of Food.


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